Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) - Part 1: Pathophysiology and current movement guidelines
Simply arriving at the nomenclature of ME/CFS is a story in itself and is a fair reflection of the process and history that exists alongside this syndrome. A story that, in many cases, is carried by those who have a lived experience. This positions us well to expect that we should be thoughtful with how we work and communicate with these clients. Florence gives a broad overview of some of the understood mechanisms of pathophysiology of ME/CFS. The tone that she demonstrates in this space is one of curiosity and hope; noteworthy given that it would be easy to default airing frustration. It is unsurprising that she guides us to understand that there is no clear causal pathway yet determined. Despite this Florence advocates for our role in working with the people in our clinic, as they present; with a conservative approach.
In reviewing the limited research in this space and reflecting on the limitations that exist, it feels clear that there is likely to be a future ME/CFS distinct and clearer than what we have today. Florence provides a compelling argument that we can support our clients in diverse ways; creating space for more opportunities and a greater capacity for meaningful movement.
Presented by Florence Kelly
Florence is a senior Accredited Exercise Physiologist, and a Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Whilst spending two years working in musculoskeletal rehab, she was drawn to complex patients with invisible illnesses; a group who were all too often dismissed or put in the “too hard basket”. Having spent the last 10 years in the private practice sector, Florence has developed her skills in providing care to clients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, central sensitivity, chronic migraine, Fibromyalgia, EDS, chronic pain and POTS.
She has worked in various clinics including the ESSA award winning practice: Active Health Clinic. She has recently co-founded her own practice: Connect Mind Body with psychologist Paula Sladdin where she continues her work with these fascinating conditions using a biopsychosocial model of care.
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